Long-Term Summer Beach Job Was Exciting

Summer beach job selling concession food as a child gave this North Carolina woman time for summer dreaming.
Heart of the Home
July/August 2012
Add to My MSN

Hot dogs were cooked in one of those old-fashioned hot dog rollers, and as they turned, roasting and browning to perfection, they could be smelled all along the beach.
Kelpfish/Fotolia


Content Tools

Related Content

A Pip of a Name

Discovering a new word to me in a old book has led to rambling thoughts about food and reading.

Curious Comfort

A paragraph or two on what different people consider comfort foods.

Dealing With Mosquitoes Naturally

How to repel mosquitoes without using harsh chemicals.

Garden Up

Maximizing garden space in a small city yard is a constant challenge, but I've found that window box...

Between the ages of 11 and 14, I ran the concession at the beach. There were no adults to supervise; I was shown what to do, and I was expected to do it.

The concession was called Sam’s, named after the owner’s cat. In reality, the concession was a one-ton step van that had been wired for electricity and fitted with coolers.

Concession stand menu: Simple and delicious

Hot dogs were cooked in one of those old-fashioned hot dog rollers, and as they turned, roasting and browning to perfection, they could be smelled all along the beach. In no time, people would line up. They raved on and on about how tasty those hot dogs were.

Sam’s was also known for its frozen candy bars, which cost a nickle more than the unfrozen version. Ice cream sandwiches, popsicles, fudge bars and vanilla bars were on the menu as well, and people always had a tough time deciding which treat they wanted.

Summer beach job perk

When things were slow, I would people watch as folks laughed, played, relaxed and enjoyed themselves. As the breeze came through the concession window, it was a time of lazy summer dreaming.

When the day was over, I placed the day’s money in a pickle jar and walked the mile or so home. Not once did anyone ever bother me.

I was lucky to have my summer beach job — summer after summer.

Katie
Danbury, North Carolina

Read more reader-submitted summer memories in Memories of Summer Fun.








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe today
First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
 

Want to rediscover what made grandma’s house the fun place we all remember? Capper’s Farmer — the newly restored publication from the rural know-how experts at Grit.com — updates the tried-and-true methods your grandparents used for cooking, crafting, gardening and so much more. Subscribe today and discover the joys of homemade living and homesteading insight — with a dash of modern living — that makes up the new Capper’s Farmer.

Save Even More Money with our automatic renewal savings plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5 and get 4 issues of Capper's Farmer for only $19.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $19.95 for a one year subscription!